Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1

1770 – Having given up eating and drinking (and breathing, too, but that's just bragging) of tuberculosis on April 30, Forby Sutherland was planted at Kurnell, New South Wales, becoming the first British subject to fertilise the soil in Australia.

1802 – Explorer Matthew Flinders became the first European to climb the You Yangs...(because they were there, perhaps?) , a series of granite ridges above the Werribee Plain in Victoria.

1833 Following repeated tit for tat murders between settlers and Aboriginal people in Westralia Captain Irwin declared Yagan, Migegooroo and Munday to be outlaws. Thirty pounds was offered for Yagan dead or alive, twenty pounds for Munday and Midgegooroo. They were hunted for the next three months. The three were unaware they were being hunted.

1862 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was thrown open for trains from Rooty Hill to St Marys.

1868 - The MainWestern Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Wentworth Falls to Mount Victoria.

1869 The Port Denison Times reported that "Not long ago," in this district, no less than a total of about "120 aboriginals disappeared on two occasions forever from the native records."

1870 - The Morpeth Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1889 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1891 – The first May Day marches in Australia were held at Barcaldine, Queensland, in support of a shearers' strike.

1893 - The North Shore Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1915 A.E. Haigh placed the name 'Haigh's Chocolates' on the window of a shop at 34 King William Street, Adelaide in the Beehive Building.

1929 - The Goondah - Burrinjuck Railway Line (NSW) was kicked to the kerb.

1946 – The Pilbara Strike commenced with 800 Aboriginal pastoral workers walking off stations in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia.

1957 - The Taralga Branch Railway Line (NSW) was closed for business.

1993 - The Royal National Park Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1997 – HM Prison Pentridge in Coburg, Victoria, the site of the last execution in Australia, closed after 145 years of operation.
Now the silly buggers are bustin' a gut to get INTO the housing development.

1998 - The Olympic Park Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1999 - V/line (Freight) sold to Rail America, known as Freight Victoria (end of government ownership).

2008 - South Australia created the SA Aboriginal Advisory Council (SAAAC) which advises the government on programmes and policies on Aboriginal people. The council is meant to fill the void left by the abolished ATSIC.

2015 - The campaign against the forced closure of Aboriginal communities continued with a second international day of action, with more than 85 rallies across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Hawaii, Hong Kong, China, UK and the USA.

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